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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Adoption and abandoned infants. Expands the general assembly's public policy statement on paternity. Requires notice of adoption to be given to the child's putative father if the child is at least one year of age and the putative father has exercised any visitation with and provided any support for the child within a certain period. Provides that the court may not dismiss an adoption petition contested by the putative father of a child less than one year of age unless: (1) the adoption court determines the putative father has not failed without justifiable cause to significantly communicate with and support the child for at least one year; and (2) the putative father subsequently establishes paternity of the child within a certain period. Limits payment for certain adoption related expenses to an aggregate of $3,000. Expands the offense of adoption deception. Authorizes an emergency medical provider to take custody of an abandoned infant who is not more than 30 days of age if: (1) the infant is voluntarily left with the provider by the child's parent; and (2) the parent does not express an intent to return for the infant. Provides a defense to a prosecution for child neglect if an emergency medical provider takes custody of the child under this new authority. Requires a juvenile court to hold an expedited hearing on a child in need of services petition relating to the abandoned infant. Makes other provisions relating to the emergency custody of an abandoned infant. Relocates a provision defining the offense of child selling.